Purchased at the Tattersalls Ascot yearling sale, where we purchased Ventura Rebel this time last year - sold on for a high six figure sum, after being unbeaten in our silks
This colt is by LETHAL FORCE. Read the Racing Post story about our purchase here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/middleham-park-racing-among-the-buyers-stocking-up-at-ascot-yearling-sale/399048. He is PLUS 10 BONUS qualified. Read more about the scheme here: https://www.plus10bonus.com/. Lethal Force has recently moved to stand in France at Haras de Grandcamp. Read the story here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/lethal-force-sold-to-continue-stallion-career-at-haras-de-grandcamp/405005
There’s a saying in racing; “everyone loves a grey” and it’s pretty much true, so it was almost certainly of little surprise to breeder Richard Botterill, that, when first setting foot in the World, this lovely yearling colt turned out to be, just like his father Lethal Force, a grey. Lethal Force is the sire of Golden Horde, the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup and Group 2 Richmond Stakes winner. Read the story here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/commonwealth-cup-hero-golden-horde-gives-lethal-force-a-maiden-group-1-winner/438654
He’s an impressive young stallion, who was a very fast and precocious horse himself, yet he trained on magnificently well to take the Hungerford Stakes, the July Cup and the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
Very sensibly, the breeder of our colt, in this instance, sent his quick mare Kenyan Cat (by the speed influence One Cool Cat) to the speedy sire Lethal Force, having previously had her covered by the middle distance sire Morpheus. Kenyan Cat’s Morpheus produce, Shining Armor, is by some way (5 lbs in fact), the very best progeny of his sire ever, displaying Kenyan Cat’s talents at imparting ability into her stock. Should she impart 5lbs more to her Lethal Force colt’s talents, than any other Lethal Force progeny, and we’d be looking at a horse, here, rated around 117. Now that’s probably unlikely to happen, but if the speed genes of the mare, link nicely with the speed genes of the sire, then we could be in business!
Mark Johnston is very adept with his fast 2yo’s (our own Marie’s Diamond, as well as Raffle Prize, to name but two of the more recent examples) but his horses really train on too, in keeping with Lethal Force’s career himself. He looks the perfect trainer for this fantastic looking individual.
We look set fair, for a fabulous 2020 and beyond, with this colt, who appears to have a great physical to match his undoubtedly, talented genes. He’s a very strong individual, who moves well. He looks tough and robust and has all the assets you’d look for in a nice 2yo performer.
Here he is on the gallops, cantering upsides (nearside.)
Race Update: 2nd on debut and then the WINNER of a Plus 10 Bonus race at Ayr. Timeform said "Had bit in hand; he will stay 1m and is open to further improvement." Syndicate manager Mike says: "He showed a great attitude when he finally got some clear daylight to run into. He's improving with every run and you'd have to say he'd be worth more that the bare margin of that victory given the trouble he had in running. It looks like he'll stay further a bit further based on that run."
PEDIGREE UPDATE (7th November): His half sister ZIM BABY, is now LISTED placed.